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Which Fitbit wearables have fall detection features?

Look elsewhere if fall detection is a must-have smartwatch feature.
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April 16, 2022

Fall detection is an essential feature for elderly and vulnerable smartwatch users. Present on several new wearables, fall detection alerts an emergency contact if the device detects a hard fall and the lack of movement afterward. Devices like the Apple Watch have had fall detection since 2018, but do Fitbit devices have fall detection or an equivalent emergency feature? Read about Fitbit’s fall detection features in detail below.

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Currently, no Fitbit smartwatch or fitness tracker includes fall detection, SOS, or emergency features.

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Which Fitbits feature fall detection?

On devices like the Apple Watch, fall detection uses the device’s accelerometer to monitor whether a user experiences a hard fall and whether they can move afterward. After a minute or so, the device will contact a third party with emergency details.

Fitbits are great for those seeking sleep tracking accuracy and overall ease of use, but the company’s devices fall well short when it comes to some safety features. This includes fall detection. None of Fitbit’s smartwatches or fitness trackers feature any fall detection smarts or an equivalent safety feature.

Fitbit alternatives with fall detection

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If you’re looking for a smartwatch with fall detection functionality, you should look beyond the Fitbit stable. Grab one of these devices instead:

More reading: The best Fitbit alternatives

FAQs

Q: Do Fitbit wearables feature other SOS or emergency features?
A: No. Currently, no Fitbit features any official SOS or emergency contact options. Some apps allow you to store emergency information or acquire your location in a pinch.

Q: Do all Apple Watch, Garmin, and Samsung smartwatches feature fall detection?
A: The Apple Watch SE, Series 4, or newer features fall detection. The Galaxy Watch 3, Active 2, and Galaxy Watch 4 also harbor the feature. Additionally, “incident detection” is what Garmin calls its fall detection and emergency feature.